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        Les Bleus are one of strong favourites at Euros

        Group D preview: France

        2024/06/11 15:13
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        Didier Deschamps is sweating on the fitness of Mike Maignan and Aurélien Tchouameni, but his squad - on paper - is arguably stronger than the one that reached the 2022 World Cup final.

        They have lost a couple of friendlies, but Les Bleus were unbeaten in qualifying and are many people's favourites to win the tournament. With a cast of experienced veterans plus a flood of exciting youngsters, Deschamps has all the tools at his disposal...can he effectively deploy them?

        Keep an eye out for Playmaker's definitive guide to the Euros, complete with profiles on all 24 nations competing, in the latest issue of 'The Mighty Delta'


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        Star man

        Stuck in second gear since he announced his departure from PSG in February, Kylian Mbappé is well-rested ahead of the Euros - and the stage is set for the 25-year-old to reassert his credentials as the best player in the world.

        It may sound odd given his hat-trick in the 2022 World Cup final, but the electric forward had a few low key games in Qatar and Didier Deschamps' job is to extract the best version of Mbappé in Germany.


        France's Euro 2024 squad

        PositionNameTeam
        Goalkeeper
        France
        Lens
        Goalkeeper
        Italy
        Milan
        Goalkeeper
        England
        West Ham
        Defender
        Italy
        Internazionale
        Defender
        Spain
        Real Madrid
        Defender
        Germany
        Bayern München
        Defender
        Spain
        Barcelona
        Defender
        England
        Arsenal
        Defender
        France
        Marseille
        Defender
        Italy
        Milan
        Defender
        England
        Liverpool
        Midfielder
        Spain
        Real Madrid
        Midfielder
        Spain
        Real Madrid
        Midfielder
        Saudi-Arabia
        Al-Ittihad Jeddah
        Midfielder
        Italy
        Juventus
        Midfielder
        France
        Paris SG
        Midfielder
        France
        Monaco
        Forward
        Spain
        Atlético de Madrid
        Forward
        USA
        Los Angeles FC
        Forward
        France
        Paris SG
        Forward
        France
        Paris SG
        Forward
        France
        Paris SG
        Forward
        Italy
        Internazionale
        Forward
        Germany
        Bayern München
        Forward
        France
        Paris SG
        [G=Games, M=Minutes, GS=Goals Scored, YC=Yellow cards, 2Y=Double Yellows, RC=Red cards]


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        Young gun

        His team-mate Warren Zaire-Emery deserves a mention given his rapid rise to prominence, but watch out for Bradley Barcola.

        The 21-year-old joined PSG from Lyon for big money and, despite the pressure heaped on his shoulders, he has outperformed the likes of Randal Kolo Muani and Ousmane Dembele for the Parisians.

        A genuine game changer with bags of pace, Barcola will likely start on the bench -but he could play his way into Deschamps' starting XI.


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        Wildcard

        He is slightly down the pecking order, but Marcus Thuram has the ability to make a splash at the tournament.

        He has been very good in his first season in Serie A at Inter and his ability to play in a two up front gives France options should they wish to do the same at the Euros. Olivier Giroud and Kolo Muani may start ahead of Thuram, but he could thrive if given the nod.


        Opinion

        France are one of the strong favourites to win the tournament, but I fear two teams: England and Germany.

        If Gareth Southgate's side get their act together, they could be hard to stop and people are underestimating Germany, who are a big threat with home advantage.

        Within the French squad, there are areas to address. Will Deschamp change tack and select William Saliba, arguably France's most in-form defender? My main concern is that if 'The Reliables' (Griezmann, Rabiot, Mbappé etc) fail to fire, has the manager got a Plan B up his sleeve?


        Preferred formation: 4-3-3




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        AW
        2024-06-11 16h06m by awalkerson7
        As a football fan, I have full faith in Deschamps' squad for the Euros. Losing a few friendlies doesn't mean much when they were unbeaten in qualifying and have a strong mix of experienced veterans and talented young players. And let's not forget, they reached the World Cup final in 2022. I can't wait to see Mbappé dominate on the field and lead Les Bleus to victory. And by the way, I'm definitely checking out Playmaker
        DN
        2024-06-11 15h56m by dnelsons
        As an en-GB football fan, I can't wait for the Euros to kick off! Deschamps may have some concerns over the fitness of Maignan and Tchouameni, but with a squad as strong as this one, Les Bleus are still the team to beat. Plus, with experienced players and promising young talents, Deschamps has all the tools he needs to make a successful run in the tournament. And let's not forget about Mbappé, who
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